With all the talk about Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning one name sticks out of the hat and that’s none other than ChatGPT. With its launch in November 2022, ChatGPT a large-scale language model trained by OpenAI, has set out to change the digital world. A natural language processing tool driven by AI technology, allows you to have human-like conversations and much more with a chatbot.
Here’s our take on this emerging tech. While it may be impressive from a technical perspective, the idea of relying on a machine to carry on conversations and generate responses raises serious concerns. So is ChatGPT a boon or a bane!
How was ChatGPT trained?
Data scientists and machine learning engineers trained ChatGPT with semi-supervised learning. Semi-supervised learning algorithms are trained on datasets that are partially labelled; some of the data points have labels, others do not. The model uses the labelled data to predict the output of the unlabelled data. To break it down, according to OpenAI, the data scientists collected a huge amount of unlabelled data needed to train this large language model (LLM) by scraping the Internet. They supplemented this with text sources that were either publicly available or provided by researchers and possibly governments. OpenAI has not revealed exactly how they were able to label the immensely large data sets required to fine-tune the model.
ChatGPT and how it will be used
Before we dive into how professionals can use AI practically in their workflows, let’s address the question of the moment: Will ChatGPT and AI replace humans?
The simple answer is no. Once again, the chatbot’s ability to generate human-like answers and content created a fear that human writers are now a thing of the past. But where ChatGPT and other AI tools have speed and data, human writers and artists have nuance and critical-thinking.
When working with AI, humans still have to provide insights. And AI has made these insights actionable. For any use case, beyond marketing, anytime we have data-backed insights about what works for our specific product or audience, there’s still be some level of a bottleneck when going to act on these findings. With AI, that bottleneck disappears.
While AI writing tools have made vast improvements in the last few years and are very creative in their variations, they still remain just that — tools. Tools with which humans can optimise, streamline, and enhance their processes and outputs.
How will AI chat tools change the future of writing?
AI will potentially change the way we write by making it more efficient and accurate. For example, they can assist with spelling and grammar checks, suggest synonyms, and even generate entire pieces of text. This technology could also make writing more accessible to people who struggle with language, such as those learning a new language or those with certain disabilities.
For ChatGPT, it simply lacks the ability to truly understand the complexities of human language and conversation. It is trained to generate words based on a given input and furthermore it does not have the ability to truly understand the meaning behind those words. This means that any responses it generates are likely to be superficial with an absence of depth and insight.
As many more alternatives and advancements in AI tech crop up, I sincerely hope that this program continues to be used as the tool it was meant to be, and not as a replacement for human creativity or experience.